This weekend the moon reaches its full phase while also reaching the nearest-Earth position of its orbit, creating views of a 'supermoon.' It's a rare astronomical treat.
This weekend offers a rare start-of-summer treat: a “supermoon” in which the moon reaches its full phase while also reaching the nearest-Earth position of its orbit.
The result: a bigger, brighter full moon than we’re accustomed to.
So you might want to grab another summer treat (ice cream? strawberries?) and gaze outward or upward to take in the view.
When is best?
One answer is: whenever a clear sky gives you an opening and, of course, the moon is out. The moon is at its fullest on Sunday, but Saturday or Monday or even Tuesday will also offer close-to-full moons.
An ideal time for viewing can be around moonrise, when a view juxtaposed against the horizon can make the moon look bigger and more colorful (an optical illusion caused by Earth’s atmosphere).
Moonrise times this weekend vary across the country and around the world. But here are some reference points that may help.